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50 years since Fab Four first played Seattle

Friday, August 22, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

The Fab Four at the Edgewater hotellIt was 50 years ago today.

No, not when Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. It was Aug. 21, 1964, when the Beatles played to a frenzied, sold-out crowd at the Seattle Center Coliseum.

By today’s standards, it was a bad concert. Way too short – just 29 minutes – and only 12 songs played. But it seems the news media covering the spectacle cared less about the music and more about the Fab Four fishing out of their Edgewater Inn window. For the record, this was their set list:

  1. Twist and Shout

  2. You Can’t Do That

  3. All My Loving

  4. She Loves You

  5. Things We Said Today

  6. Roll Over Beethoven

  7. Can’t Buy Me Love

  8. If I Fell

  9. I Want To Hold Your Hand

  10. Boys

  11. A Hard Day’s Night

  12. Long Tall Sally

Beatles play at Seattle ColiseumWhen reporters asked the group if they’d been up in the Space Needle, they answered with typical cheeky humor.
Paul: “No, but I saw it.”
George: “It looks better from the ground.”
John: “Don’t like heights.”
The Beatles outsmarted their exuberant fans by sneaking away from the Coliseum in an ambulance, which returned them to the Edgewater Inn. They earned $34,569 for their Seattle performance.

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